For the past year, Mark Halperin has served as nothing more than a shameless Donald Trump apologist. So much so that Brian Williams took a moment to call him a Trump shill to his face just a couple of weeks ago.
Well, now here we are, and Donald Trump is going to be President. So what happens to Halperin now?
His show is cancelled, of course. It served its purpose, and now it's dead.
Halperin joined Bloomberg in May 2014 for reportedly $1 million and has come under intense scrutiny throughout the 2016 election cycle for his role as a bonafide Trump apologist. Halperin’s embarrassing shilling for Trump included his insistence that Trump’s racist attacks on the American judge of Mexican descent weren’t actually racist because “Mexico isn’t a race,” criticizing The New York Times for responding to Trump’s threat to take legal action against them, and brushing off Trump’s reluctance to accept the election results as a concern of “elites.” Halperin even praised the “impressive resume” of Trump adviser and white nationalist ally Stephen Bannon. Heilemann and Halperin also conducted an interview with Trump on a Zamboni where they asked him how much bacon he eats and whether or not he knows how to skate and during a campaign trip to Iowa, Halperin received helicopter ride from Trump:
More recently, Halperin failed to live up to the standards he had set for other journalists by giving Trump a shameless softball interview in which he failed to ask him about his hidden tax returns – an issue that Halperin had previously said journalists were “obligated” to ask Trump about every chance they got. The interview,described as “truly laughable,” looked even worse in hindsight when several days later Halperin challengedthe press “to do a lot of soul-searching about its failure to pursue a lot of these Trump stories.”
Not to worry, though. I'm sure Halperin will still be spending time with Morning Joke. Unless he takes a position in Trump's White House, which he has surely earned.